Sunday, April 24

"Last night" by Massy Tadjedin

Last night is written and directed by the Iranian-American screenwriter whose debut film I'm about to discuss.
This picture is centred in a three-year married couple Joanna (Keira Knightley) and Michael Reed (Sam Worthington) whose life seems as normal as the next couple. All begins at a party in which Joanna finds herself jealousy of a bit of intimacy between her husband and a new employee his never mentioned - Laura (Eva Mendes). This spark of pure jealousy is motif of argument and the couple is strangled in distrust at first, and then as every other couple they move on, because they must trust each other. And well as it is said "you could be happy and still be tempted"...Laura is sexy and attractive... They are a young couple, they married young and probably evolved from the exact point when they started to be in love. Life changes us all but they say how much they still love each other. 
Michael goes on a business trip with Laura, meanwhile Joanna find a link to the past - Alex (Guillaume Canet). The premiss then is temptation, while Michael is getting into the web of Laura, Joanna is reliving a past once a present with Alex....actually it was never a past, since she realizes that she still nurtures feelings for him. In just one day the characters suffer a inner discovery. I guess there can be different types of love and different types of emotional detachments. We can see that although at the surface it seems the same, the inner core is so different. Joanna is an intense doubtful woman that dreamt of a different life but stayed with safe not with passionate; Alex is a wanderer, detached and free; Laura is a woman that goes after her feelings or emotions not sticking with rules; and Michael is a comfortable husband with not much inner ambition but as any other man get spiked by the spider, in a forbidden fruit sort of way.
In the end life is what it is...complicated...does it have to be?? 
I think not...but people try to accommodate herselfs and try to forget the unforgettable.
They try not to say anything, not to judge when they too have sins.  
But are they truly happy?? That was a question I posed myself while watching...
They do love each other ? I guess it's a too simple question for such a deep story. 
People are not certain of everything in there lifes, and sometimes choosing is not easy, but is frightening to see that they don't know themselves ... I guess we don't actually... Also interesting is the different point of view of cheating, woman and man have different ways that lead to different questions...The man is an instinctive animal who don't need so much emotion, but a woman even not being physical can have all the emotions and cheat all the same. The case here is that women have switches less animalesc than men and so it's not the physical the most important, in such a way, that she feels regret for what she have lost and regret for what she'd done. They both are condemned to be undiscovered again, happily contempt or to be whatever pathway is possible...

Well, it's a refreshing movie about human relations and Guillaume and Keira are very good in their respective roles.
Just a final note to the soundtrack which is good, so that I leave here one great song :)

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